The violinist Michael Barenboim has established a flourishing career both in tandem with and independently of his father. "If people talk negatively about me, they'd do so behind my back and I'd never hear about it," he observed to the London Independent. "But on the positive side I got a great musical education and had opportunities to play for some astonishing people, like Pierre Boulez." The son of Daniel Barenboim and Russian pianist Yelena Bashkirova (and the brother of German hip-hop producer David Barenboim), Michael was born in Paris in 1985. He began playing the piano at age four and switched to the violin when his family moved to Berlin in 1992. His teachers there were Abraham Jaffe and Axel Wilczok. Michael's professional career began early, and that was due not only to his father's influence, but to his pathbreaking spirit: ...
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